While symptoms of renal cell cancer may differ for different people, and individuals may experience these symptoms different, common symptoms include:
- Blood in the urine
- Rapid, unexplained weight loss
- Lower back pain that’s not caused by injury
- Loss of appetite
- Ankle and leg swelling
- A mass or lump on the side or lower back
- Recurrent fever not caused by a cold or the flu
- High blood pressure
- Unrelieved pain in the side
These symptoms may resemble other ailments, so it’s important to visit your doctor for a diagnosis.
Unfortunately, there may be no symptoms of early stage bladder cancer. The primary symptom is blood in the urine, called hematuria; this blood may or may not be visible to the naked eye. However, if you have hematuria, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have bladder cancer; other conditions, including urinary tract infection, kidney or bladder stones, pelvic pain, and urinary and prostate problems can also cause hematuria.
If you have any of these symptoms, please see your doctor as soon as possible.